Reads, Listens, and Views 7/29/11

A visual metaphor for a team without Frank Gore perhaps? Photo by Addressehere

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As the college football season approaches, I’ll be posting more prospect analysis that you’ll likely see in the 2012 Rookie Scouting Portfolio, available here for purchase in the early spring.

Each Friday, I’ll be sharing what I’ve been reading, listening, and viewing each week – football, fantasy football, and non-football.

This week includes:

    • Two stat-oriented, fantasy profiles from Bryan Fontaine on Tim Tebow and Ryan Mathews.
    • Footballguy Sigmund Bloom’s always entertaining, jocular, and informative Buy Low/Sell High column.
    • Rick Reilly covering an NFL agent’s day post-lockout – entertaining.
    • More of Chris Brown’s treasure trove at Smart Football.
    • Guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel fronting an all-star quintet of musicians on a tune that sounds like something you’d hear if aliens kidnapped Thelonius Monk and transported him light years to an intergalactic blues joint.

Football (Or this week, on from Rick Reilly and a three-fer from Chris Brown’s Smart Football)

NFL back in business by Rick Reilly (A great sideline – or bar stool – report of one NFL agent’s day on the phone)

Throwing the fade route against press coverage by Chris Brown

How do you beat Cover 2 with trips? Let me count the ways by Chris Brown

Teaching a quarterback where to throw the ball by Chris Brown

Fantasy Football

Can Tim Tebow Be a Top-10 Fantasy Quarterback? and Why I Like Ryan Mathews More Than You Do both by Bryan Fontaine,

Buy Low/Sell High and Free Agency Recaps (This one is Day 2) by Sigmund Bloom,

Reading the Defense (Part 3-Free agency) by Jene Bramel,

Dynasty Salvage Values by Jeff Tefertiller, (with an assist idea-wise from Steve Wyremski)


Haboobs Stir Critics in Arizona by Marc Lacey (Arizona rivals my home state in the ignorance department – Love ya, Ga., but gotta call it like I see it.)

The Circular Ruins: Remembering Amy Winehouse by Jay Caspian Kang

Fast Break by Edward Hirsch

Leather Maiden by Joe R. Lansdale


Don’t You Even Care – Robert Cray

Here I Come – The Roots

Nu-Jive – Troy Roberts

Love Is Blindness – Cassandra Wilson

Free for All – Dave Holland Quintent

Kurt Rosenwinkel

3 responses to “Reads, Listens, and Views 7/29/11”

  1. Chris Brown is a dynamo, that guy should write a book. I’ve learned more from him and Brophy ( about x’s and o’s than anyone else.

    That Rosenwinkel track is tight. More Wayne Shorter than Monk, though.

  2. I hear the Monk a little more with the intervals and blues in the vamp, but yes absolutely more Shorter in the intro and head. Good ear. Glad you enjoyed it! I’ll have to check out Brophy – thanks for the knowledge drop.

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